Thursday, 19 January 2017

When The Legs Are In Need Of A (Not-So) TLC

I guess I've been hard on my body lately and especially to my legs that they do need a pummelling of sorts (massage la) to make it feel better.

I've been experiencing pain at my left legs for two weeks, prior to Twincity Marathon; which I joined last Sunday and had been foam rolling it. It felt better after the foam rolling but the niggling pain was still there.

A friend then highlighted that PRO MMR (that's short for PRO Medicine Massage Rehabilitation, ya) is having promotional rate for Twincity participants and crew so I made an appointment.
I made my appointment on Friday night, just a couple of days before running my marathon. A bit late but that was the only time I was free. ^^! Better than nothing, right?

Anyhoo, this wasn't the first time I used their services.

I had an ankle injury a few months before running in Chiba Aqualine Marathon and had a session at PRO MMR a month before the run. I had spent many weeks hobbling about, before I had the massage, so to say that I was feeling quite panicky about running in Japan would be an understatement.
A much better ankle, with the help of Kinesio taping (for insurance) and I ran in Chiba and finished!
Nurul, the therapists who saw me on both occasions was great. Friendly too. And boy, was it painful when she massaged me!
Bruises. On both legs.

But a good kind of bruise.

The pain that I experienced located around the area behind my knee is now gone. So does the tightness in my calves.
Photo credit : WK Album for Twincity Marathon
And thank goodness for that.

I didn't have any leg pain issues during my run in Twincity Marathon. If not for the unfortunate not-feeling-so-great moments there, I would have had a more enjoyable time there.

Truthfully, both legs felt fine after Twincity Marathon. No DOMS whatsoever. (I guess that was because I was walking like going to the park, wahahaha).

I highly recommend PRO MMR (and no, they didn't pay me to say this) so for those looking for a massage, injuries treatment and recovery; you can try them.
Just contact the number listed on the bunting.

You do need to make an appointment to see them!

And oh, more info about PRO MMR can be found at their Facebook page. Just type PRO MMR. Jangan malas.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Conquer The City Again, With SCORE Run 2017

SCORE Run is back and for 2017, it will be held in April. April 9th, 2017 at Berjaya Times Square, to be exact.
Three distance are offered this time; 6K, 12K and 21K. There is also a Virtual Run offered for those who are unable to join the run at Berjaya Times Square.

I did the 15K last year and I quite enjoy the route which was a tad different from the usual KL City runs route. Race recap here. I'm looking forward to check how the route will be for this year.

Anyways, registration is now open at: http://www.score.my/events/score-run-2017/ so do hurry and register to avoid paying for the late bird fees.
Participants' entitlements.
SCORE Run medals.
Event tee.
 For 21K runners, we will also get this finisher tee upon completing our run!

Who's joining me on Apr 9th?

Come. Come.
Let's tour the city of two feet.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Press Release: STANDARD CHARTERED KL MARATHON OPENS REGISTRATIONS TO THE PUBLIC

KUALA LUMPUR, 16 January 2017: Dirigo Events, race owner and organiser of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 (SCKLM), announced today that runner’s registration will be open to the public from 10.00a.m. The Standard Chartered KL Marathon turns nine this year and the 2017 edition will take place on Sunday, 21 May at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.

A new pre-registration system was introduced for the 2017 race to acknowledge and thank runners who took part in the 2016 event. This would give previous participants a better chance of ensuring they have a spot in the much sought after event.

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon has grown to become the premier running event in Malaysia that draws thousands of local and international runners to the country whilst firmly establishing Malaysia in the global running calendar. The 2017 edition of the race will once again see Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia returning as title sponsor, along with a host of returning and new sponsors.

Mahendra Gursahani, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank said, “It gives us tremendous pride to be the title sponsor of such an iconic event that has come to symbolise the coming together of communities and fostering nation building through sport. We wish all runners the best of luck and we look forward to welcoming them at the race.”

Rainer Biemans, Managing Director of Dirigo Events, added “We are delighted to have retained our Title Sponsor Standard Chartered Bank and Gold Sponsor Honda Malaysia, along with our official partners Seiko and Pacific Regency, and we’re very excited to welcome new sponsors Brooks and Lucozade, for apparel and energy drinks respectively, to the SCKLM fold”.

Elite runners will be competing to earn a slice of the almost RM500,000 in total that is on offer at the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017,which include bonus prizes for record breaking course times. In last year’s race, Malaysian runner Sheela Samivellu broke the Half Marathon course record with a time of 1’24:44s.

“Sheela made Malaysians proud last year with her record breaking effort. We want to keep raising the competitive level of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon and we hope that records will continue to fall as the quality of the field increases,” said Rainer.

In an effort to reduce congestion and make the race more competitive, SCKLM 2017 will continue with a seven hour cut-off time for the Full Marathon with checkpoints at designated areas along the route to ensure runners are within the specified time frames. Runners who don’t make it to the checkpoints within the required times will not be allowed to complete the race and will be transported to the finish line. This is also meant to ensure the safety of runners as the public roads need to be opened to regular traffic at times strictly stipulated by the authorities.
Other initiatives to look forward to this year include the Friendship Run and Pasta Party, which will be held on the eve of the race. Only Full Marathon participants are eligible for these events which are intended to foster camaraderie amongst runners from around the world.

A perennial feature of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon is its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative Run For A Reason that aims to channel funds raised to deserving charities that assist underprivileged communities and those in dire need. This year the participating beneficiaries are the Standard Chartered Foundation, National Cancer Society of Malaysia, Dignity for Children Foundation and Hospis Malaysia.
Apart from the Full and Half Marathons, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 will also feature a 10km distance and a 5km Fun Run for social runners, along with Kids’ Dash categories for children under 12 years of age. There will also be several categories like the Corporate Challenge, Media Challenge, Universities Challenge and Ministries Challenge to either raise money for charity as well as provide friendly competition and bragging rights for the eventual winners. A full list of categories and their eligibility details can be found at www.kl-marathon.com.

Participating runners can also look forward to a total of 12 running clinics that will be provided by the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017, including 5 Junior running clinics and specialised clinics for those attempting their first Half and first Full Marathons.


For more information and updates on SCKLM, please visit:


Monday, 16 January 2017

Press Release: FIRST MALAYSIA-BASED EVENTS MANAGEMENT COMPANY LISTED IN AUSTRALIA!

E-PLUS LIMITED
Listed on National Stock Exchange of Australia
With RM40 Million Market Capitalization

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 16 JANUARY 2017 – (NSX:8EP) E-Plus Limited (E-Plus), one of Asia’s leading events management company, began trading today at 10:00AM Australia Eastern Daylight Time (GMT +10) on the National Stock Exchange of Australia (NSX) under the stock code, 8EP. A total of 245 million shares were issued and quoted at an initial market price of AUD0.05 (RM0.16) per share.
E-Plus achieved a giant milestone with its listing on NSX as the first Malaysia-based events management company to go public on Australian shores. The company made significant growth in its financial and business portfolio through prominent, high-adrenaline and record-breaking events and exhibitions such as the World Islamic Economic Forum, the United Buddy Bears Exhibition and the Melaka Art and Performance Festival. These are among the few events that have carved its name into the industry’s history books.

The company’s consistency in growing the brand name also led to the acquisition of international event rights for the Powerman World Series Duathlon Asia Championships as well as the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship recently.

“It has taken twelve long years to develop E-Plus into a global brand and all that hard work has finally paid off. As the first ever events management company from Malaysia to be listed on the NSX, we have now stamped our mark in the region and look forward to playing in the international arena and moving on, we will be spreading our wings and establish more operations offices throughout Southeast Asia. This will definitely be a new chapter for us, as we continue to secure international event rights as well as producing world class events in the region,” said Andrew Ching, Chief Executive Officer of E-Plus Limited.
(Right) Chin @ Chin Kon Kong, Chairman of E-Plus Limited, and (second from right) Andrew Ching, CEO of E-Plus Limited, receiving a certificate of recognition by (left) Ann Bowering, Managing Director of NSX Australia, witnessed by John Williams, Head of Admissions of NSX Australia.
In addition to client servicing and events management services, the company also offers integrated marketing services that include but not limited to events production, production support, 3D and graphic design services, media and communications as well as the acquisition of international event rights.

For more information, visit http://www.eplusglobal.com.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Tale Of Twincity - My Marathon Start For 2017

Another chapter of My Tale of Twincity.

I did the half-marathon category last year, and finished with four minutes off my target. Despite not meeting the target, I was pretty happy as it was the start of my half-marathon training for 2016. 2016 race recap here.

Fast forward to 2017.

I had high hopes for my first marathon in 2017. But I was also nervous. The last marathon that I did was at Park Marathon in Dec 2015. 

But sometimes, things are just not meant to be. Even when you've been training hard and looking forward to your race.

I'm not sure what went wrong, but as early as 3K, I felt tightness at the back of my neck. And dizziness. Then nausea. I brushed it off and ran steadily, passing the 6-hour pacers. 

My target pace was rather conservative as I wanted to hold a 7:50 pace for the first 30K and then I planned for a positive splits of 8:00min ++ pace for the balance.

At KM6, reaching the 2nd WS; I was actually doing an average pace of 8:00. Slow. A friend at the WS hollered: "Marlina, go run faster!" Hahaha

I grabbed a cup of Lucozade (in the end, that was the only cup of Lucozade I drank throughout the run) and continued. Instead of feeling better, I felt worse. My head and neck felt tighter, I was trying not to puke and my legs felt heavy. Friends kept passing me and saying hello. One guy was so cute, he even shook my hand. ^^

Approaching KM11 and getting towards the 3rd WS, I was already walking and two friends from my running group, Gaited Community (GC); caught up with me. Izam look worriedly at me, offered bread and drinks but I declined. I told him that I'd stop at the WS and do an assessment whether to continue or call for medic's help. 

And I stopped by the roadside, sat down, tried to loosen anything that I can loosen. Took off my compression socks and rested. I had a few options. 
  1. Ask for medic
  2. Wait for hubby, who was doing the half marathon to arrive as he'd be passing the same route and whine at him
  3. DNF or a slow finish even I would be ashamed of. Huhuhu

I finally decided to start walking again. Sockless this time and I was hoping fervently I won't get blisters. Not running. Running made me wanting to puke and I'd get dizzy. I actually walked until I reached KM17. By that time, I saw both the 6:00 hour and 6:30 pacers passed me. One of the 6:30 pacers gave encouragement to keep running and I was screaming "can't you see I'm not feeling well!"  in my head. Hahaha Emo. 

I saw the ambulance passed by a few times and later saw a pacer with her pacing balloon cut off getting into the ambulance. Temptations. But I stupidly slogged on. 

At around KM18 I felt better and I started to jog and managed to do so until KM20. Then continued jog/walk until KM30.

At this time, I had only one banana from one of the earlier WS and mineral water. Apart from the Lucozade that I had at the 2nd WS, I skipped drinking isotonic drinks at all other WS as I was afraid I'd puke or have tummy discomfort. It was CICM all over again but worse (because I was doing double the distance this time).

Bumped into Izam again at around KM20 and he gave me encouragement as I just grimaced. Another friend, who managed to finish in an awesome sub5 timing, hollered from the other side of road as he had made a u-turn and running towards Taman Selatan. 

Izam later passed a pack of ice to me at around KM26 and I used it to ease pressure from my neck. Heat, I can stand. But when the whole head felt tight, I suffer. 

Nearing KM30 there was a WS that served Nasi Lemak Anak Dara (that went viral months back). I was looking for sponges and bananas but alas, I was too slow for them. No more sponges or bananas. Another cup of mineral water and I continued.

I reached 30K at 4:43 and that is not a pretty timing and I still had 12K to go. At that time, all I could think of was how Hubby would react if I finish way off my target time. 

12K to go and all I could do was walk. It was so damn frustrating but I tried hard to keep a cheerful demenaour. Self-pity ain't gonna finish my race after all.

At around KM32, after almost 5 hour on the road, I messaged hubby with "Gonna finish late. Wanna puke at KM12. I just walked all the way".  I tried to run a bit again because I do want to get the run over and done with as soon as I could but nausea stopped me. Blergh.

I bumped into another GC member who was cycling and supporting runners and he offered sprays a few time. I declined every time. The legs felt fine. I just can't move any faster. But I didn't decline when he wanted to take photos! Muahaha

Hizwani, another GC member caught up with me and we walked together for a few hundred metres before he sped off.
Photo credit : Nizam
Every time my GC buddies offered me something, gel, spray and even ice-cream I declined. All I took was mineral water.
Photo credit : Nizam
Muka bonk. Hahaha
I just kept walking and getting passed by runners, left right center until I passed the last WS at KM41 and forced myself to start running again, nausea or otherwise. I just didn't want Hubby to be utterly disappointed at my performance.

Two hundred metres towards the finish line, friends were encouraging me and asking me what happened as I was so damn slow. Huhu
A few hi-5s and with Redz accompanying me and pushing me for the final stretch, I crossed the finish line. With GC members waiting right there. *cries*

Took my medal, got my finisher tee and sat down under a tree to rest. Hubby asked whether I could eat as he wanted to take some fried bihun that the organizer provided for free for runners but I declined. 
With two of my saviours for the day. Hizwani and Izam.
Finally, solid food after the run. McD's porridge. Bummer. 

Despite the bad timing, I wouldn't say it was a bad run.

I learn quite a few stuff from the run.
  • I could run with just water and banana for 42K
  • I could run sock-less for 30K in my adidas Ultra Boost without any blister
  • I have awesome friends
  • Hubby wasn't all that fierce after all, if I have a valid reason to not perform as expected. Hahaha
  • And I won't pretend this was just an LSD. This was a race that didn't go as planned. 
Photo credit : Azmi
Managed to bump into four soldiers who were doing the marathon in their army gears at around KM24. That was a sight. A very nice sight. ^^

Truthfully, my ego is quite hurt at the timing that I did. Hubby was rather pragmatic about it. He said, after all the "achievements" I managed to do in 2016, perhaps this incident is a way to keep me grounded and not get cocky. I have to agree.

I was 40 minutes off my previous PW and the run was 30 minutes slower than Park Marathon which was a 43K run and almost 1:20 hour off my PB.

Now, I just have to dust myself off, braced for haters and keep on going.

I have a bigger fish to fry and I just have to keep being focused.

See you next at SCKLM 2017!

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